Ok…I know what you are thinking…what do light bulbs have to do with SEO? The answer is: “not much.” However, Beanstalk has always been an environmentally conscious workplace. We have an extensive recycling program and have won awards for the reduction of carbon emissions that we have eliminated from our workplace. My boss and coworkers can attest to the amount of fluorescent tube bulbs that I have covertly removed from our work place in an effort to conserve electricity 😛
When I saw this story at CNET, I felt I had to share it with our legions of dedicated blog followers. It was announced recently that traditional incandescent bulbs would no longer be sold. Stores would be allowed to sell off their remaining stock, but after that all bulbs sold must be LED.
Many individuals ran out to purchase as many cheaper, traditional filament bulbs as they could. Many individuals complain that the quality of light from an LED is not as good as their beloved traditional incandescent bulb. While there may have been some basis for their argument in the past when the LED bulbs were first introduced, the new LED bulb from Phillips should assuage any lingering doubts in their minds.
The simple fact is that LED bulbs use far less energy than incandescent bulbs and that it is time to switch over whether we like them or not. Consider that a typical LED bulb use between 2-10 watts, while the traditional incandescent bulb can use 30 at least watts or more and LEDs can last 25 times as long as incandescent bulbs.
A standard 60-watt incandescent bulb uses 60 watts of power while an LED that can produce a similar amount of light uses just 6 watts of power. Over a bulb’s life span, an LED bulb uses 360 kilowatt hours of electricity over 60 000 hours. A lamp using incandescent bulbs would use around 3600 kilowatt hours of electricity over 60 000 hours of use.
Most of the energy supplied to an Incandescent bulb is lost in the form of heat. This requires extra energy to counter act with air conditioning in the summer time.
A traditional incandescent light bulb lasts approximately 1500 hours. By comparison an LED light bulb can last about 60 000 hours. In other words, you would have to replace a traditional incandescent bulb 40 times to equal the life span of a single LED!
The new EnduraLED A19 Bulb 2700K by Philips Lighting is a dimmable, 12w LED bulb that will match the amount of light given off by a 60w incandescent at 800 lumens. It is perfectly suited for any indoor lighting application. It is expected in stores by December and is priced at approximately $40. The EnduraLED gives off a relatively warm, yellow light with a rating of 2700 Kelvins. The color rendering index, a measure of color accuracy, is 80. Its average life is rated at about 25 000 hours and it does not contain mercury or lead.
According to LightingFacts, a site run by the Department of Energy, the 12-watt Ambient LED clocks in at 64 lumens per watt, That’s slightly better than EnergyStar-certified CFLs, which are rated to last between 6,000 and 15,000 hours, according to the DOE.
If you are still balking over the hefty price tag, remember that as LEDs become more and more commonplace, the prices will drop significantly. Even still, I think we owe it to ourselves and to our planet to consume as little energy as possible and light bulbs are a great place to start 🙂